I cycled from Denmark via the North Cape to Helsinki. There I left my bike behind and my backpacking adventure through Estonia, Latvia and St. Petersburg began.
The capital of Latvia, Riga, is undergoing a transformation from “closed” to “worldly”. While the older generations hardly speak a word of English, new “hipster shops” are emerging on every corner run by young Latvians who are very keen to make new contacts. It is precisely this generation that is transforming Riga into a great hotspot in Europe.